|Point Ybel Brewing Company
16120 San Carlos Blvd Ste 4 | Fort Myers, FL 33908
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Point Ybel Brewing Company has been open for about 7 months, opening on December 14, 2013 in Fort Myers, Florida. They are a small batch craft beer brewery giving new meaning to “Island Hopping.” They specialize in brewing Pale Ales and IPAs.
Kristy, the happy beer minion behind the bar, served me a sample of the Point Ybel beers on tap (along with a complimentary bowl of popcorn and pretzels):
- Sanibel Red Island Ale – 5.0% ABV
- Endless Summer Pale Ale – 5.2% ABV
- YAY! Beach House Saison – 6.9% ABV
- Snook Bite IPA – 7.2% ABV
- Black Mangrove Dark Ale – 8.5% ABV
- No See Um Extra Pale Ale with Citra – 4.5% ABV
- White Mangrove IPA with Orange Peel, Coriander, and Galaxy hops – 5.8% ABV
- Rye Saison – 6.0% ABV
My favorite of the line-up was Endless Summer Pale Ale. It was refreshing and delicious, perfect for the hot and humid Florida summer days. No See Um was quite delicious as well. It was love at first smell with the Citra aroma.
After learning about my love of chili beers, Kristy shared with me that YAY! Beach House Saison was once brewed with habaneros and another batch brewed with ghost chilies for Cinco de Mayo.
During my visit, some “Coming Soon” beers included Smoked ChiPortle (a Chipotle Smoked Porter), Belgian Nelson, Sanibel Florida Weiss with Key Lime, and Red Mangrove Red IPA.
Released on July 3, 2014, A Blow to the Head is a 9.0% ABV Belgian Style Imperial IPA brewed in collaboration with Roadkill Ghost Choir. Blow to the Head is a song by the band, and the beer was released in 22 ounce bottles, making it Point Ybel’s first ever bottle release.
The release included a VIP concert by Roadkill Ghost Choir at Point Ybel’s tasting room. The artwork for A Blow to the Head’s label was done by Tim Finfrock, a local artist behind Point Ybel’s logos and labels.
After enjoying my sample, Kristy gave a tour of the brewery. Point Ybel currently brews on a four barrel system with eight barrel fermenters. They use a SABCO system for the small batch beers like the Rye Saison. Point Ybel currently distributes to thirty local places, including five in Tampa.